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Welsh Labour MP removes name from Stop the War letter after threat of losing whip

24 Feb 2022 2 minute read
Beth Winter MP

A Welsh Labour MP who signed a statement by Stop the War has removed her name after being told she could lose the Labour whip.

Labour briefed that the Shadow Chief Whip had written to all 11 Labour MPs on the list, including Beth Winter the MP for Cynon Valley.

Their names later disappeared from the list of signatories on the Stop the War website.

The letter did not condone Russia but includes a section that says that “NATO should call a halt to its eastward expansion and commit to a new security deal for Europe which meets the needs of all states and peoples.”

“We refute the idea that NATO is a defensive alliance, and believe its record in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Libya over the last generation, not to mention the US-British attack on Iraq, clearly proves otherwise,” the letter adds.

Diane Abbott, John McDonnell, Richard Burgon, Ian Lavery, Zarah Sultana, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Apsana Begum, Mick Whitley, Tahir Ali and Ian Mearns are the other names on the letter. It has also been signed by Jeremy Corbyn who has already lost the whip.

The letter has also been signed by Sandra Holliday of Rhondda Cynon Taf Welsh Labour Grassroots.

Beth Winter posted to social media to condemn Vladimir Putin earlier today but did not mention NATO.

“Putin’s invasion of Ukraine today is horrifying and unjustifiable,” she said. “Russian troops must be withdrawn immediately.

“The prevention of casualties must be our priority. A peaceful and diplomatically negotiated resolution of the crisis is necessary.”

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Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas
2 years ago

Typical action by the Red Tories.

2 years ago

We’ll show Stop The War the truth by….refusing to send troops to Ukraine and therefore allowing Putin’s military to get a head start before any possible economic sanctions take hold. Quickest way to stop a fight is to allow one side to win. I am far, far from an expert but it seems to me that entering Afghanistan and Iraq showed lack of understanding of the situation and lack of forward planning and not entering Ukraine shows lack of understanding of the situation and lack of forward planning. While there are some arguments to act in this way it’s also… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

The Russian people are on the streets shouting stop the war and being arrested for it…here it would probably be the same…there is something seriously wrong about both countries…it is just a question of scale…

2 years ago

so much for democracy in Starmer’s New Labour and it being a “broad church” of political opinion.

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